A teacher from the New Hebrides residing in France accepts a contract to teach in Thailand. There, many hair-raising adventures and creepy experiences take place, as well as horrendous encounters with unsavory creatures such as scorpions, leeches, homo sapiens, snakes, and killer bees.
The teacher falls deeply in love, studies and embraces Buddhism. This new faith later proves to be solace and comfort through excruciating and near-death situations. Life hits hard and delivers blow after blow. An agonizing and very secret Buddhist pledge is made with sorrow and despair, but also against all odds, with an infinitesimal touch of hope.
The will to live confirms its power and, after many months in limbo, pushes death away from the teacher, but the road to recovery is painfully slow and littered with terrible ordeals and possibly insurmountable obstacles. Victory and defeat are locked in a combat to the death. Love for the country deepens. The teacher accepts the challenge and vows to never leave.